We are very lucky to have two authors that live in Oxford for today’s post!
Jay Watson is the Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi. He joined the English department in 1989 after receiving his M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard. Besides publishing 3 books, he has also written many articles on southern literature and film. He responded to our inquiry with this:
In a democratic society, ideas must be able to stand the test of dialogue and debate, to meet the challenge of competing ideas. By removing unorthodox or controversial expression from the conversation entirely, censorship diminishes the value and force of the ideas that remain. Our public and private discourse suffers as a result.
Thank you, Jay!
Julie Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her first novel, Into the Free, was released in February 2012 and is a huge hit! We are so excited for her. She shared her thoughts on censorship with us.
No one can ever truly ban the formation of ideas, the seeking of truth, the power of free thought, or the sharing of information. Anyone who attempts to do so operates only from fear.
Thank you, Julie!